Back on course: golf allowed in NSW under Public Health Orders

While it seemed the last ball had been hit off the tee and we'd lost all sporting options, golf is back on following an announcement from the NSW Office of Sport on Wednesday.

On Monday, March 30, following the announcement of stricter restrictions in relation to social gatherings and self-isolation, with a particular focus on the elderly, Golf NSW recommended that all golf courses in NSW close following advice from the Office of Sport and the state government.

However, that decision was changed on Wednesday, with the NSW Office of Sport declaring that golf courses could be reopened as golf is a form of exercise.

Anyone playing golf must adhere to the social distancing and outdoor gathering restrictions in place and Golf NSW said it will be up to individual clubs as to whether or not to open courses again.

"Golf NSW understands and respects that it is ultimately a Club's decision to open or remain closed, based on individual circumstances related to COVID-19," the organisation said.

"Any form of exercise is to be undertaken in compliance with the Public Health Orders, meaning that people must not participate in groups greater than two persons at any point in time. Therefore, individual sports such as golf and tennis can continue provided the Public Health Orders are complied with."

This decision comes after other sports in Boorowa such as bowls, basketball, swimming, rugby league, rugby union, gun club, the picnic races and darts all announced cancellations or postponements to their respective 2020 seasons and events.